PTSD and Moral Injury Initiative

Here at the Springfield Area Music Industry we all know with certainty that music heals. Music brings joy, and serves as an outlet. It also provides fellowship camaraderie when played in a group setting. But don’t take our word for it…

  • According to the VA between 11 & 30 percent of veterans suffer from PTSD in a given year (results vary by service era.)
  • Studies show that getting instruments into the hands of survivors of PTSD provide significant relief of its symptoms.

“I have always been in love with music. Ever since I was a child, I always wanted to be a musician. In 2007, while serving as an 0311 Infantryman in the United States Marine Corps with 5th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Golf Company, 2nd Platoon, I figured out that I wanted to spend my life making music, and other forms of media. 

On July 21, 2007, while heading west on East Karmah Road in Karmah, Iraq, my squad was hit by a foot-mobile IED, (Improvised Explosive Device), leaving me with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Moral Injury, and a Traumatic Brain Injury. I decided after that day that if I made it back home from the war, I would fulfill my dreams of making music.

Music has helped me SO much in my healing. Not only does creating music and playing music help me with concentration and memorization, something that has been difficult since I received my TBI, but it also gives me a positive and creative outlet to be able to explore my thoughts and feelings Constructively”

-Justin Medley (SAMI Co-Founder, and Veteran with PTSD)



What we're doing:

SAMI has teamed up with the Moral Injury Institute on a mission to provide survivors of PTSD and Moral Injury access to the healing qualities of music. In that partnership the Moral Injury Institute;

  • Facilitates and hosts weekly group sessions at the local Vet Center
  • Provides certified counselors for group sessions.

SAMI’s part in that partnership is to provide;

  • Instruction to our survivors. We have hired a fantastic instructor, whom the vets love and love learning from.
  • When budget allows we also purchase and donate guitars to participants in the program who would not otherwise have access.

Here is how you can support this program:

  • Donate once (button below)
  • Donate Monthly
  • Donate old guitars (acoustic or electric)
  • Organize a fundraiser
Please contact our Project Manager Justin Medley if you would like to donate a guitar or organize a fundraiser!